ADAMS TWP — A neat, yet unassuming brick home and metal building on the Mars-Valencia Road now houses a business that provides medical equipment to health care providers all over the globe.
Vivo Worldwide opened Tuesday at a ribbon-cutting ceremony attended by about 25 employees, dignitaries, and small business owners.
The company is the international arm of Medical Equipment Source, a 13-year-old business that refurbishes medical and laboratory equipment for resale.
Wendy Mascio, majority owner of both companies, said while the new business will improve access to quality health care in some overseas markets, it is also a Butler County asset by adding jobs and encouraging new small businesses.
“We hope to be a shining example of small business in action,” Mascio said.
State Rep. Daryl Metcalfe, R-12th, agreed,
“It is your entrepreneurial spirit that has built America,” Metcalfe said in a short speech, “and it is what we need to see more of.”
County Commissioners Dale Pinkerton and William McCarrier also attended the celebration. McCarrier thanked Mascio and her husband, Luigi, for setting up shop in the county, and for staying when they decided to open Vivo Worldwide.
“We are always interested in new and expanding businesses in Butler County,” McCarrier said. “We try to encourage that, and we’ve been very successful.”
Mascio said Vivo Worldwide also was assisted by officials at the Duquesne University’s Small Business Development Center, who helped her make connections with potential customers overseas.